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Sports Report: SISAC Football and CISSA Volleyball

05 March 2015

With the CISSA Volleyball and SISAC football seasons in full swing we have had fixtures or training every day since the Chine New Year break. The players are as keen as ever to show how much they can improve in a short time and in the case of the SISAC football some of last season’s local rivalries were revisited in some very competitive matches.

Boys’ Division 1 SISAC Football

The Boys D1 team made a wonderfully positive start to our season with a 3-1 victory over the German School at home on Tuesday.  Our structure and concentration allowed us to operate with composure and reply from going 1-0 down to ease to a victory against a very strong German side.  Special mentions to new squad members Morton Eh and Ben Zhang who were excellent in their first game for us. 

Boys’ Division 2 SISAC Football

This week the BISS Lions hosted the French school. Determined to capture our first win of the season following on from last week’s thriller at the German school, BISS Puxi set out for battle. It was clear from the first minute the visitors had quality and were well organised, but this didn’t change our game plan to press high and play possessive football.

We were led by captain Craig Jervis, who made big tackles constantly and reminded the French strikers they were in for a tough one. Marshalling the midfield and not allowing the French a sniff was the feisty Filip Skou, partnered with the experience and creativity of Joe Curtis. Up front was the tenacious Greig Grant who caused problems at every opportunity.

Part way through the first half things were still even and neither team could break through until Rasmus Sckerl cleared long as instructed and Grant used his pace to go through on goal before slotting casually past the advancing keeper. The BISS Lions made it 2 – 0 after the break with substitute striker Nicholas Parucker finding space to finish in style. The game was finished with a third goal as Grant returned to the pitch and continued to be a menace to the French defence. The French school did pull one back from close range late on in a phase where BISS could have cleared the ball, but overall the Lion’s coaches, players and spectators left the game very pleased with the win against a very strong side.

Girls’ CISSA C1 Volleyball

The C1 girls have made some huge leaps in confidence, technical ability and attacking play to begin to play what can only be described as quality Volleyball.  In last week match against a very strong SAS Team, the BISS Lions girls stuck to their ‘W’ system with great communication and increasing accuracy.  Even though they eventually lost this match, it was clear that the team knew they had played very well.  This week they faced Suzhou Singapore school with the same system. Leadership from Maya and Zeynep Kazancioglu ensured the system stayed in place and the girls achieved that converted win:  proof that their hard work and perseverance on their goals will pay off.

Girls’ CISSA C2 Volleyball

Monday training sessions continue to see the girls growing from strength to strength. Their technical development is clear to see. The squad’s reading of the game and understanding of the game is improving all the time.  Our C2 fixture this week was against stiff opposition in the form of SAS Puxi.  Despite losing the game, it was a very close affair particularly in the first set. Confidence seemed to drop off as the game wore on which is a shame because they demonstrated some of the best volleyball since we began just a month ago – keep positive!

Boys’ C1 Volleyball

Last Thursday the boys C1 team travelled to SAS Puxi to play another very strong team.  The team played some excellent volleyball in what was an exciting match between two excellent teams.  The highlight of the match was when the teams had a twenty pass rally where both teams tried hard to develop their attacking play only to be defended incredibly will. The BISS Lions lost the fixture but came away with a lot of confidence in their ability and an increased understanding of how they should be pushing themselves going into the end of the season matches.

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